Traditional and contemporary folk from the British Isles

FAY HIELD ~ Orfeo TSCD586

Orfeo, Fay Hield’s splendid second album for Topic Records will be released on Monday 28th May. The album is already receiving some remarkable reviews and sees Fay working with the virtuoso all-star HURRICANE PARTY – Jon Boden(fiddle, guitar, percussion, double bass, mandolin, additional banjo and vocals), Andy Cutting (button accordions, melodeon), Rob Harbron (English Concertina, fiddle, vocals), Sam Sweeney (fiddle, viola, cello, nyckelharpa, vocals) and special guest Martin Simpson (banjo, guitar). Orfeo is surely destined to be recognised as one of the finest albums of the year. The powerful arrangements of traditional songs are fabulously focused around her remarkable voice.

Orfeo is an album of songs to which Fay feels an especially strong connection. Her choice of material and the delivery of it, reflect a rare sensitivity and appreciation of the tradition whilst remaining naturalistic and highly distinctive.

Orfeo with bold and genuinely compelling arrangements, ensuring an attraction that could reach out well beyond the loyal folk audience. This hearty, full-bodied release embodies a substance and breadth that is likely to garner much acclaim.” Folk Radio UK

“Hield’s command of her material is unerring and the outcome compelling.” The Observer

“Her previous album Looking Glass was good, but Orfeo knocks it into a cocked hat… its timelessness and full stature may not become apparent until the time comes to analyse this ‘golden period’ of British folk music.” fRoots

Track list:
1. The Lover’s Ghost
2. Wicked Serpent
3. The Parson’s Gate
4. The Cuckoo
5. Pretty Nancy
6. Sir Orfeo
7. The Old ‘Arris Mill
8. The Weaver’s Daughter
9. Tarry Trousers
10. Henry
11. Naughty Baby

“A singer of determined substance who not only goes out of her way to unearth unfamiliar material, but invests it with thoughtful, challenging and quietly offbeat arrangements.” Colin Irwin, fRoots

Available now from:
TOPIC SHOP, AMAZON, ITUNES and on SPOTIFY



Fay Hield’s second album released 28th May

Orfeo the remarkable second album from Fay Hield has been collecting an enviable series of reviews ahead of the release on Monday 28th May. Fay leads the virtuoso all-star HURRICANE PARTY – Jon Boden (fiddle, guitar, percussion, double bass, mandolin, additional banjo and vocals), Andy Cutting (button accordions, melodeon), Rob Harbron (English Concertina, fiddle, vocals), Sam Sweeney (fiddle, viola, cello, nyckelharpa, vocals) and special guest Martin Simpson (banjo, guitar).



Love Will Tear Us Apart (remix) 7″ vinyl STOP2012

A new remix of the splendid June Tabor & Oysterband reading of Love Will Tear Us Apart was released on a 7″ vinyl single to help celebrate the 5th Annual Record Store Day on 21st April 2012. The ‘b’ side is a live recording of Fountains Flowing recorded at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Salford. An historic release – Topic’s first vinyl single for 32 years!

We have a very limited quantity of the vinyl 7″ available for sale by mail order.

Available now from:
TOPIC SHOP and AMAZON



Proper Podcasts

Propermusic.com publish a series of weekly podcasts which are available for free streaming and download through iTunes and SoundCloud. In the current edition, the first of  a two-part Topic Records special, David Suff and Tony Engle join award-winning broadcaster Trevor Dann to discuss the label’s 70+ year history and some of our classic releases, from Nic Jones to June Tabor & Oysterband and Topic’s Three Score & Ten box set.

Check out this week’s podcast on the blog and find out what Topic MD David Suff has been listening to lately:
http://blog.propermusic.com/propermusic-com-podcast-34-topic-records-part-1/

Part 2 with Reg Hall and Tony Engle discussing the new Voice of the People releases will be available next Monday.

Catch up on all the Proper podcasts via iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/propermusic.com-podcast/id463436857